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‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ premieres

L.A. screening gets a taste of Houston

Monday’s “Charlie Wilson’s War” preem at Universal’s AMC was as much Houston as it was Hollywood.

Beautiful women with big hair wearing furs were part of the Texas contingent on hand to see the pic, based on the story of the congressman once known as “the liberal from Lufkin.”

Also on hand was former secretary of state James Baker, whose daughter has a supporting role in the pic.

Baker went largely unnoticed by the industry crowd, which he said was normal. “When people see me in airports, they always ask where they know me from,” he said. “I tell them I’m the weatherman on their local TV station.”

The other prominent Texan at the preem was Charlie Wilson, who spoke well of the pic (“It went really fast; it didn’t drag.”) and said Tom Hanks has done a fine job of portraying him (“He got just enough of the Southern accent.”).

Hanks said playing the character got “down to finding a kernel of truth and adhering to that.”

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